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>>Kitzhaber Takes Responsibility For Cover Oregon Problems

(Salem, OR)  --  Governor John Kitzhaber says he's hired a tech management company to review the state's health-care exchange website and decide whether the state should sue Oracle, the site's technical designers.  The governor says he's ultimately accountable for the problems with but didn't become aware of the scale of the difficulties until late October.  Kitzhaber says despite the problems, he's pleased with the fact that 150-thousand people have been enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan for low-income residents and another 20-thousand have signed up for private insurance policies.

>>Pedestrian Injured In Southeast Portland

(Portland, OR)  --  A man is being treated for serious injuries after being hit by a car at a Southeast Portland intersection.  Police say the vehicle left the scene after the crash, which happened shortly after nine o'clock last night at the intersection of Southeast Powell Boulevard and Southeast 31st Avenue.  Officials say the pedestrian was in a crosswalk when he was hit.  The vehicle is described as either white or silver and was seen traveling west on Powell.

>>One Injured Following Lumber Spill

(Portland, OR)  --  One person is seriously injured after a truck spilled a load of lumber across Northwest Cornelius Pass Road.  Police say the lumber smashed into a pickup truck that was behind the lumber truck around 2:45 yesterday afternoon.  Authorities say the driver of the pickup is being treated for injuries that are potentially life-threatening.  Traffic on the road was shut down but the scene was cleared by about 5:30 yesterday afternoon.

>>WA Supreme Court Wants Legislature To Speed School Funding

(Olympia, WA)  --  The Washington State Supreme Court says legislators must move more quickly to ensure full funding for K-through-12 education.  Yesterday's decision is a followup on the high court ruling that the state Legislature hasn't met its constitutional obligation to sufficiently fund schools.  The Supreme Court says while lawmakers took positive steps during last year's session, they're still short of making sufficient yearly progress toward full funding in 2018.  The Legislature budgeted a billion dollars for K-through-12 education last year.

>>Portland Upsets Gonzaga, 82-73

(Portland, OR)  --  Gonzaga fans are stunned and Portland fans are elated following the Pilots' 82-73 upset victory.  The defeat ended Portland's 20-game losing streak against the Bulldogs.  Five Pilots scored in double figures, led by Bryce Pressly's 16 points.  Portland will be back in action on January 16th when it visits Loyola Marymount.

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